Sharing ideas on how to communicate flood risk

On 5 September 2018, JBA Trust held a ‘Demonstration Day’ to raise awareness of how physical models and visualisation tools can support outreach and educational activities to communicate flood risk concepts.

Rob Lamb welcomes delegates to the demonstration day

We welcomed representatives from a wide range of organisations, including the Aire Rivers Trust, Calderdale Council, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Hydrotec, iCASP, Lancaster University, the National Trust, Natural Resources Wales, Moors for the Future, Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

iTable_Barry_sqaure2Five interactive models were in action during the day, including the mini hydraulic flume, wave tank, augmented reality (AR) sandbox, projection augmented relief model (PARM) and iCaptureFlood table.

We explored how these “engaging, inspiring and educational” physical models can help to communicate scientific and engineering concepts and how they can help to start conversations about sustainable river and catchment management.

Following the demonstrations of all of the models, the group shared their thoughts and ideas on how they could be used in the community, with schools, practitioners and policy makers, and we are looking forward to developing these ideas further over the coming months.

Mini-flume_Alex_square_light1Our thanks go to our colleagues from JBA Consulting who supported the model demonstrations.

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